Sunday, May 26th – 2:30-4:00 pm
Walker Talks! on William Blake
Walker Brents III has been an important aspect of the Bird & Beckett enterprise since he emerged from the stacks of the old store down on Diamond Street (this would have been in at the tail end of the 20th century, just as the new millennium was dawning.) We believe he must have materialized from a box of tattered and dusty books, with strange titles on their worn spines nearly obscured by the passage of time.
Over the course of these twenty years, he has dazzled our patrons with his intellect and insights, pondering as he does the timeless visionary manifestations of such figures as Joan of Arc, William Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, Rainer Maria Rilke, Walt Whitman, Bob Dylan, the creators and propagators of mythological texts and epic tales that include the Kalevala, the story of Layla and Majnun, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and yes, William Blake, whose vision he revisits today.
Please join us, and bring a few dollars to add to the pot so that he may eat and keep the strength required to tell another tale another day.
"It is in doubt and not in faith that the salvation of the world is to be found. Faith is a delusion and a snare: a pitfall, a prison. It intimidates the intellect. With fear of eternal damnation religion crushes intellectual activity; with hero worship it destroys individuality; with hopes for the beyond it prevents the growth of ideals for the present. It makes of us a race of intellectual cowards; it changes but little if any our daily conduct toward each other. But doubt sets us free."
-- Job Harriman, 1902
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
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